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Whiplash is an injury to the neck, which more commonly occurs, due to a vehicle accident. The more common type of whiplash received, is from a rear-ended accident, where the head is suddenly thrusted back and forth violently. Other whiplash injuries, can also occur as a result of sporting activities, a crime or a fall. A whiplash and the pain associated with it, is experienced throughout the head, back, shoulders and arms.

Vehicle whiplash injuries, can disable a person, to the point that they are unable to walk without pain or have any movement without severe stiffness in their body. Depending upon the degree of vehicle whiplash injuries, symptoms include headaches, dizziness, muscle strain, blurred vision, some memory loss and internal nerve, joints and tendon dysfunction. Whiplash is a common reason to make a vehicle accident claim. Compensation for a whiplash injury, from any type of road accident, is determined by the extent of the injuries, the inability to work and the potential for mounting hospital and doctor bills. Even though whiplash is not a life ending injury, it’s effects can lead to prolonged disability. Most accident victims recover from whiplash injuries, within a few months, but with minimal neck pain and slight headaches. However, treatment for whiplash patients, more commonly involves prescribed, anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, heat and icing treatments, numbing injections and over the counter pain medications. Physicians also may suggest minor, controlled motion exercises, physical therapy, or a foam cervical collar for traction.

Common symptoms of whiplash injuries, stem from mild neck and shoulder pain, to severe pain. The symptoms can occur hours, days and weeks after the accident, but an appointment with a doctor, should be made immediately. Road accident compensation, under a whiplash claim, depends upon the injuries incurred. Even if an individual is on holiday and is struck from behind, or they’re parked, even if the car is idling, or you’re moving in traffic, holiday accident claims, remains a driver’s or a passengers right to file, especially if they were not at fault. Holiday compensation claims for whiplash, should be reported immediately, not only to the Bobbies, but also report the accident to a travel agency or hotel administration. While on the scene of the accident, ask for witness contact information and take photos of the site. Also seek immediate medical attention and remember to get a copy of the GP’s paperwork and seek the aid of expert solicitors

The Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (“CICA”) compensation law, allows a minimum of £1,000, for minor whiplash, which means that full recovery can occur between 1-2 years. How much compensation for whiplash, is determined by solicitors, under categories that include moderate payments for injuries, which have worsened an already pre-existing condition or recovery will probably take a few years. Serious whiplash claims involve compensation for permanent pain, continued surgeries and limited movement due to cervical damage. Whiplash claims for severe injuries are dependent upon dislocated injuries and permanent injuries. The exact amount of a CICA compensation is awarded under a tariff scheme, which can be as high as £250,000, depending upon the seriousness of the injuries and how long the injured party will be incapacitated.

Dominic has good knowledge on Accidental Claims. He writes an article about how to get road accident compensation.